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Definition of "set" []

  • To put in a specified position; place: set a book on a table. (verb-transitive)
  • To put into a specified state: set the prisoner at liberty. (verb-transitive)
  • To put into a stable position: set the fence post into a bed of concrete. (verb-transitive)
  • To fix firmly or in an immobile manner: He set his jaw and concentrated on flying the plane through the storm. (verb-transitive)
  • To restore to a proper and normal state when dislocated or broken: set a broken arm. (verb-transitive)
  • To put or place in position or into a specified state or condition (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To put or be put (to); apply or be applied (verb)
  • To put into order or readiness for use; prepare (verb)
  • To put, form, or be formed into a jelled, firm, fixed, or rigid state (verb)
  • To put or be put into a position that will restore a normal state (verb)
  • To adjust (a clock or other instrument) to a position (verb)
  • To determine or establish (verb)
  • To prescribe or allot (an undertaking, course of study, etc) (verb)
  • To arrange in a particular fashion, esp an attractive one (verb)
  • (of clothes) to hang or fit (well or badly) when worn (verb)
  • To provide music for (a poem or other text to be sung) (verb)
  • To arrange or produce (type, film, etc) from (text or copy); compose (verb)
  • To arrange (a stage, television studio, etc) with scenery and props (verb)
  • To describe or present (a scene or the background to a literary work, story, etc) in words (verb)
  • To present as a model of good or bad behaviour (esp in the phrases set an example, set a good example, set a bad example) (verb)
  • To value (something) at a specified price or estimation of worth (verb)
  • To price (the value of something) at a specified sum (verb)
  • To give or be given a particular direction (verb)
  • To rig (a sail) or (of a sail) to be rigged so as to catch the wind (verb)
  • (of the sun, moon, etc) to disappear beneath the horizon (verb)
  • To leave (dough, etc) in one place so that it may prove (verb)
  • To sharpen (a cutting blade) by grinding or honing the angle adjacent to the cutting edge (verb)
  • To displace alternate teeth of (a saw) to opposite sides of the blade in order to increase the cutting efficiency (verb)
  • To sink (the head of a nail) below the surface surrounding it by using a nail set (verb)
  • To give (a binary circuit) the value 1 (verb)
  • (of plants) to produce (fruits, seeds, etc) after pollination or (of fruits or seeds) to develop after pollination (verb)
  • To plant (seeds, seedlings, etc) (verb)
  • To place (a hen) on (eggs) for the purpose of incubation (verb)
  • (of a gun dog) to turn in the direction of game, indicating its presence (verb)
  • To let or lease (verb)
  • To defeat (one's opponents) in their attempt to make a contract (verb)
  • The act of setting or the state of being set (noun)
  • A condition of firmness or hardness (noun)
  • Bearing, carriage, or posture (noun)
  • The fit or hang of a garment, esp when worn (noun)
  • The scenery and other props used in and identifying the location of a stage or television production, film, etc (noun)
  • The width of the body of a piece of type (noun)
  • The width of the lines of type in a page or column (noun)
  • The cut of the sails or the arrangement of the sails, spars, rigging, etc, of a vessel (noun)
  • The direction from which a wind is blowing or towards which a tide or current is moving (noun)
  • A temporary bias disposing an organism to react to a stimulus in one way rather than in others (noun)
  • A seedling, cutting, or similar part that is ready for planting (noun)
  • A blacksmith's tool with a short head similar to a cold chisel set transversely onto a handle and used, when struck with a hammer, for cutting off lengths of iron bars (noun)
  • The direction of flow of water (noun)
  • A mechanical distortion of shape or alignment, such as a bend in a piece of metal (noun)
  • The penetration of a driven pile for each blow of the drop hammer (noun)
  • Fixed or established by authority or agreement (adjective)
  • Rigid or inflexible (adjective)
  • Unmoving; fixed (adjective)
  • Conventional, artificial, or stereotyped, rather than spontaneous (adjective)
  • Resolute in intention (adjective)
  • (of a book, etc) prescribed for students' preparation for an examination (adjective)

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Use "set" in a sentence
  • "If we remember that the extension of a concept is something like the set of objects that fall under the concept, then we could replace Frege's talk of ˜extensions™ by talk of ˜sets™ and use the following ˜set notation™ to refer to the set of objects that when added to 4 yield 5 and the set of objects that when added to 22 yield 5, respectively:"
  • "According to naïve set theory, the functional expression ˜set of™ is indeed characterized by a putative abstraction principle."
  • "In some parts of Bavaria such bushes are set up also at the houses of newly-married pairs, and the practice is only omitted if the wife is near her confinement; for in that case they say that the husband has “set up a May-bush for himself."